The Impact of Working Capital Management on Firms Profitability in Different Business Cycles: Evidence from Pakistan
This study investigates the influence of working capital management on firms' profitability under different business cycles in 65 non-financial firms listed on Karachi stock exchange of Pakistan by using the annual panel data for 10 years from the period of 2004 to 2013. We use Pedroni panel co-integration and Kao residual panel co-integration approaches to confirm the valid long run relationship between considered variables. The result of regression analysis indicates that the significant negative relationship exists between cash conversion cycle and its components with firms' profitability. Moreover, the business cycle affects the working capital management and firms' profitability relationship. It can be concluded that efficient working capital management matters and hence should be included in financial planning.